Sweet Dreams for Grandma Marty

I began hearing the dog’s squeaky bark after a few days of being transferred from West Hills Hospital to the nearby Topanga Terrace complex for physical therapy. I was to undergo a healing program after a bout with pneumonia and other potentially fatal problems. It was a faint yap that emerged out of the dim shadows down the hall at about 2 in the otherwise muted sounds of a quiet morning.  The slightest noise awakens me, especially unexpected disturbances, and …

Give Nurses More Authority to Heal

National Nurses Week comes to a close today, and I am reminded of my mom’s nurse, Sue. As my parents got older and Pop became Mom’s caregiver, they needed more help. Sue came once a week for the months following Mom’s return home from a rehabilitation center. She checked on Mom’s health and trained Pop on how to care for Mom during the week.  I am still so grateful for Nurse Sue and all that she did. She was one of …

Will Your Mom’s Retirement Community Give Her CPR?

According to its website, Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, Calif., says “our caring staff are trained and equipped to give aid or assistance whenever needed or requested.” They claim it offers “the best in independent living, assisted living, memory or nursing care. Glenwood Gardens is the place to be.” I guess that would be if you weren’t having a life-threatening breathing problem. I spent the day scrambling to get the facts about the now infamous incident last week at Glenwood Gardens’ …

Older Workers, Take Heart; Employers, Take Note

I love seeing people who love their jobs  - especially since many consider themselves lucky just to have a job in this tough economy. A short segment from CNNMoney paints a hopeful and heartening picture…and not just for older workers. Know how some people light up when they talk about their work? Nurse Ann Doshi of Atlantic Health System, who teaches new Operating Room nurses the intricacies of the O.R., definitely lights up. After you watch the clip below, you’ll probably agree that Ann would …